Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Roster News

Just a quick article on a couple of roster moves I was made aware of this evening.

Per Paul Teeple, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL, Stars forward Bob Kinne will play for the Bobcats in this upcoming 2012-13 season.  Click here to view the article.  Kinne scored 8 points (6g, 2a) in 39 games played for Lincoln last season.  Bob has committed to play for Bemidji State University starting the fall of 2013.

Kinne, who was born in 1992, was most likely a victim of the USHL overager rule.  Each USHL team can roster up to four overagers next season.  In the 2012-13 USHL season, any player born in 1992 is considered an "overager."

Bob had a great tryout camp this past June, but apparently the Stars are moving in another direction.  Best of luck to Kinne with the Bismarck Bobcats.

Also, I was told tonight the Stars have traded first-year, import forward Michael Neville ('93) to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.  According to the Stars' Twitter account, Neville was traded for "future considerations."  I assume "future considerations" means a USHL entry or futures draft pick.

Neville, who was born in Canada, came out of nowhere as an undrafted free-agent during Lincoln's tryout camp this past June in Minneapolis.  In my opinion, he was one of the top forwards at camp....even compared to the returning vets.  He was good with or without the puck.  Fearless forechecker.  I was really excited to see him in a Stars jersey this season.

Each USHL team can roster four imports (players born outside of the USA), and I was under the assumption that Lincoln was set going into next season.  However, I've been told that a player born outside of the USA who has played at least three seasons of organized hockey in the USA is no long considered an "import" in the eyes of the USHL.  I believe Mike McKee and Jake Wood (both from Canada) fall into this category.  I'm not 100% certain about this 3-year rule, just what I was told at tryout camp.

So that left Neville, Jackson Teichroeb, Austin Yano, and Brent Wold as the four imports heading into next season.  At least that's what I thought.  I guess we'll have to wait and see how this plays out.

8/23 Edit:  Per Cody Nickolet of the "WHL From Above" blog, defenseman Jack Walker ('96) has signed a contract with the WHL's Victoria Royals.  Walker was a 2012 USHL Futures Draft pick of the Lincoln Stars, and participated in their tryout camp this past June in Minneapolis.  Stars lose another young player to major juniors, which is not good.


nutz4puckz said...

Seems like we are losing guys right and left to the WHL. Are other USHL teams seeing the same thing? I'd assume yes, but just curious what you know/think.

Yeti said...

Unfortunately, it's something every USHL team has to deal with. Sioux Falls just had a player sign with an OHL team last week.

You stick your neck out and draft a young kid ('96) not really knowing if the USHL is in their future plans. A lot of these draft picks (especially Futures picks) are shots in the dark.

In Walker's case, his older brother plays for the Victoria Royals as well, so I'm sure that was a big reason why he's throwing away his NCAA eligibility and signing with a major junior club.